Demonstrators protest at Juul NYC HQ, demand restrictions on flavored e-cigs

Glenn Schuck
August 20, 2019 - 1:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Dozens of parents and anti-vaping advocates demonstrated outside of the New York City headquarters of Juul Tuesday morning, demanding restrictions on the sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

The demonstrators, including City Council Member Mark Levine, believe flavored e-cigarettes sold by the company attract children.

“We need to protect the children of the city and beyond,” Levine said outside One Soho Square, where the e-cigarette maker is locally based. “And we can do that by keeping these flavors out of their hands.”

Dorian Fuhrman, who co-founded Parents Against Vaping, said “There is a youth epidemic of vaping right now, and unless we ban the flavors, we’re going to see more and more kids addicted to nicotine.”

Her son, 16-year-old Phillip Fuhrman, gave up vaping after starting with Juul e-cigarettes two years ago.

“Kids start with flavored pods,” he said. “When my mom took my first one away from me and I started to feel the withdrawal symptoms, that was the first time I realized I was addicted.”

Juul insists they target adults only.

This protest comes as the Centers for Disease Control says it’s investigating dozens of cases of severe lung illnesses involving e-cigarette users, largely in teens and young adults.

The New Jersey Department of Health is looking into nine cases of severe lung illnesses in vapers and their New York counterpart is looking into 11.

Both states have issued health alerts.

A Juul spokesperson said to CBS2 about the CDC investigation, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports and we have robust safety monitoring systems in place. We understand those events are being reviewed by health authorities.” 

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